Preston North End return to action on Saturday afternoon, hosting Brentford at Deepdale after the international break.

North End drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest before the break, and didn’t lose too many players to international duty, meaning Alex Neil’s side should be fit and ready to go.

There are still some injury concerns though. Andrew Hughes remains a doubt, whilst Seani Maguire, Tom Barkhuizen and David Nugent will miss out too. Tom Clarke and Louis Moult remain long-term absentees.

The starting line-up may therefore look similar to the one against Forest. Declan Rudd should keep his place in goal, with the impressive Patrick Bauer and Ben Davies ahead of him.

Preston players celebrate. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Darnell Fisher is seemingly fit to return at right back, leaving Joe Rafferty to continue filling in on the left. Alan Browne would drop out from the Forest game, given that he’s not a natural right back.

Paul Gallagher and Ben Pearson will be able to continue their partnership in midfield, having controlled the game beautifully at Forest.

That then allows Josh Harrop, Brad Potts and Championship Player of the Month Daniel Johnson to float behind makeshift striker Billy Bodin, who scored at Forest.

There aren’t a huge array of bench options though. Browne, Connor Ripley, Jordan Storey, Ryan Ledson, Andre Green and Jayden Stockley should be on the bench, with the last spot going to Tom Bayliss or Josh Ginnelly, depending on how Neil feels.

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